Aida is perhaps the grandfather of grand-opera spectacle—complete with pyramids and potentates, priestesses and dancing girls, plus armies of soldiers and slaves. At its heart, Aida is the story of a treacherous love triangle and a relationship that was never meant to be. Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, and Radames, leader of the Egyptian army that conquered her homeland, long to be together forever. But someone else wants Radames, too — Amneris, the jealous daughter of the Pharaoh himself. Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music reveal Verdi at the peak of his powers, masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy.
Marco Armiliato conducts.